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In the papers today - 11 September

Wind energy is an emotive subject on the Isle of Wight, with campaigners in the middle of a bitter battle against proposals for a wind farm on the island.The staunch opposition is an irony not lost on some of the island's biggest companies, whose growth has been fuelled by the booming global demand for wind power. - Financial Times
Britain's manufacturers today call for the creation of a single body to streamline and simplify the Government's skills training programme. Criticising current arrangements for being excessively complex, confused and over-bureaucratic, the EEF says the Sector Skills Development Agency and the Learning and Skills Council should be merged into one to co-ordinate all learning for those over 16. - IndependentThe granddaughter of General Dwight Eisenhower has joined with the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) to fight the latest battle over the construction of wind turbines in Scotland. Susan Eisenhower, head of Washington DC's Eisenhower Institute foreign policy and security think-tank, seems an improbable advocate for the preservation of the Scottish landscape. But Culzean Castle, an 18th-century Robert Adam creation owned by the National Trust on the rugged Ayrshire coast, has long been precious to the Eisenhower family. Ms Eisenhower is determined to prevent a £20m development at Knoweside Hill, three miles north of the castle, incorporating 250ft turbines which members of one green lobby claim will destroy the views from Culzean. - IndependentDozens of towns and villages will be blighted indefinitely by rising traffic because the Government has quietly abandoned its promise to build 70 bypasses by the end of the decade, a campaign group says. However, organisations opposed to further road building say that alternative solutions to bypasses need to be found, citing the example of Newbury, Berkshire, where peak-time congestion has returned to its pre-bypass levels in less than ten years. Only 20 bypasses have been built in the past six years from a list of several hundred proposed by local authorities. Another ten to 15 are due to be completed by 2010, meaning that the Government will have completed only half the schemes it promised in its ten-year transport plan in 2000. - TimesWhen Sally Timberlake bought her house in Marcham, in the Vale of the White Horse in Oxfordshire, the village was festooned with posters saying 'Bypass Now'. That was in 1979. Since then the traffic on the A415 through the village has doubled but the only progress on the bypass has been a small change in the proposed route. 'We knew we were buying a house on a busy road but we didn't think we would still be waiting after 27 years for a bypass,' Mrs Timberlake said. - TimesThe fight for space on Spain's beaches looks set to grow fiercer over the next four decades as the sand starts to disappear under a rising sea that also threatens to flood beach-side homes, according to a Spanish environment ministry report. Spain's beaches are expected to shrink by an average of 15 metres (50ft) by 2050 as global warming causes sea levels to creep up while stronger waves and currents eat away at the coastline. - GuardianThey say every cloud has a silver lining. With the hefty rises in electricity and gas prices over the past year, the lining is that solar power, for most of us, is now a realistic, cost-effective option. Until recently the expense of putting solar panels on the roof meant only a few eco-warriors with money were doing it. Anyone else concluded that the payback period was too long. But solar power, if you will pardon the phrase, is fast coming in from the cold. - GuardianDubai has started a second round of bidding to build a £2 billion power and desalination plant after failing to secure enough interest last month for the project needed to meet rising demand in the United Arab Emirates. Companies that were invited to bid in August -including Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction of South Korea, Impregilo of Italy, Alstom of France abd SNC-Lavalin Group of Canada - have until December to big again for the contracts, according to a public tender issued Sunday by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority. - International Herald Tribune

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